Delaware DHSS reports 42 percent jump in health care enrollment

 (file/NewsWorks)

(file/NewsWorks)

The latest report from the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services revealed that more than 9,000 Delawareans enrolled in health care coverage as of February 28.

According to DHSS, 6,994 residents signed up through the marketplace while 2,168 gained coverage through the expansion of Medicaid.

The current enrollment numbers represent a 42 percent jump over January’s figures.

“The numbers continue to head in a positive direction, which is very good to see,” said Rita Landgraf, secretary of DHSS. “The marketplace and the Medicaid expansion are having an impact on Delaware’s residents. New enrollees who haven’t been to the doctor in years are telling us about getting physicals and connecting to medical ‘homes’ for ongoing care, including prevention that will reduce their risk of developing serious health problems.”

Approximately 21 percent of enrollees are in the 18-34 age group known as the “young invincibles,” while the majority of enrollees continue to be in the 55-64 age group.

Despite these figures, the state estimates that as many as 90,000 Delawareans are uninsured. To prevent those without health insurance from facing financial penalties, DHSS hopes to sign up at least 35,000 before open enrollment ends on March 31.

According to Healthcare.gov, the fine is either $95 per adult and $47.50 per child or one percent of household income, whichever is greater.  

The state will continue to host marketplace workshops to provide enrollment assistance. Workshops can be found at choosehealthde.com.

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